Olateju Adesida | Artistic Director
Olateju is a performance scholar with a BA and MA in Communications (Interpersonal, Performance Studies) from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. She is a writer/adapter, performer and director with nearly twenty years of experience. She has performed and directed works at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Purdue University, and Northwestern University, Fehinty African Theatre Ensemble and with other community programs and organizations
Ayo Lasisi | Director of Youth Programs
Ayo is an actress and a youth program coordinator for FATE. Her passion to connect African and non-African youths to various African stories and culture is observed in her work as an actor and a coordinator. She also teaches Yoruba language – one of the many African languages – to children and adults. She enjoys reading, telling stories, singing, and most especially dancing. When she is not busy acting or teaching, she spends time at the beach and attends art and musical events in Chicago.
Philister Sidigu | 2016-2017 Artist-in-Residence
Philister is a writer and director with an MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage from Northwestern University. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and Video Production from Columbia College Chicago having previously studied at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH. In May 2011 her play Suicide received a reading at Goodman Theatre. In addition, Philister’s play Lost was produced as part of Regina Taylor’s State(s) of America series. She is excited to be producing her first feature play, WRECKED, with FATE. Besides writing and filmmaking, Philister is a thrill-seeker and enjoys traveling and exploring the outdoors.
Obi Uwakwe | Associate Ensemble Member
Born in Chicago, but raised in West Africa, Obi Uwakwe better known as Obisoulstar is the epitome of a Renaissance man. He has performed in prestigious venues nationally and internationally sharing the same stage with artist like Reggae Legend Beres Hammond, Grammy-nominated artist Kem, Teedra Moses, Eric Roberson, Bell Biv Devo, Sy Smith, Kindred the family soul, Ledisi, Tortured Soul, Rasaan Paterson and Miguel to mention a few. With five studio-released albums written and produced by Obisoulstar, his music embraces the sounds of Soul, Funk, Rock and Afro beat. He has been featured in several stage plays, indie films and reoccurring featured extra in the FOX hit TV show Empire and NBC’s Chicago PD. To top it off, Obi adds painting and photography to his tentacles of talents.
Maame Addae | Associate Ensemble Member
Maame recently made her FATE debut as Amina in A Ditch in Madagali after graduating from Brown University. Addae is an actor, model, and writer who began acting at the age of 10 and took a brief hiatus to develop her congruent passion for design and creative directing. She has since returned to the stage, most recently appearing in Fehinty African Theatre Ensemble’s Diaspora Monologues and more. She is currently training with Doug McDade, the managing director of Chicago’s critically acclaimed Shattered Globe Theatre.
Keane Soluade | Associate Ensemble Member
Give Keane a beat and you will find his feet tapping to it, and if you make the mistake of taking your eyes away for a second, don’t be surprised to find him using the whole space as his dance floor. His passion for dance led him to acting where he discovered a love for telling the stories of others through living their lives on stage. This is what made him star in short films like “Run” by Ema Edosio, and plays for schools and churches. His first stage play performance was in 2018 with FATE in Sunny Came Home by Mutiyat Ade-Salu. On weekends or his days off, you can usually find him choreographing dance routines for weddings, cultural shows and dance classes. And to keep his parents and wife happy, he still works while this acting thing works out.